Kristina Mladenovic vs. Donna Vekic
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Nottingham Tennis Centre
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At the 2019 WTA Nottingham Open, the number 2 seed, Donna Vekic from Croatia has made it into the quarterfinals. Donna Vekic will compete against Kristina Mladenovic from France for a spot in the semifinals.
Donna Vekic was dominant in her previous match as she defeated Chloe Paquet in straight sets. Vekic was very impressive as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. During the victory, Donna Vekic received serve exceptionally well. Vekic won 53% of her receiving points which allowed her to win 5 return games. It is also important to praise Donna Vekic’s serving since the Croatian won 75% of her service points and 100% of her service games. It has been a strong few months for Donna Vekic as she has produced some big results prior to arriving in Nottingham. These results include making the fourth round of the French Open. Vekic has a very good record at the Nottingham Open as she won the title in 2017. Considering her recent form and her record at the Nottingham Open, Donna Vekic will be very tough to stop in this tournament.
Kristina Mladenovic also had a dominant win in the previous round as she defeated Astra Sharma. The win was done with ease as Mladenovic won 78% of her service games and 6 return games. While the result was favorable, it is important to note that Kristina Mladenovic played against a relatively weak opponent. Kristina Mladenovic has been playing good tennis and her results have been impressive as she made the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. This will not be an easy match for Mladenovic as she is playing an opponent who has a great record at Nottingham.
Donna Vekic and Kristina Mladenovic have played each other 3 times in the past. Kristina Mladenovic has won on 2 occasions while Donna Vekic has won once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Australian Open where Vekic won in straight sets. The last time Kristina Mladenovic defeated Donna Vekic was in 2014.
Both Donna Vekic and Kristina Mladenovic have been playing well and both players will be confident in their ability to win this match. That being said, I am going to side with Donna Vekic. Vekic is a past champion at Nottingham and she seems to perform better at Nottingham than Mladenovic. Vekic will be confident having beaten Kristina Mladenovic earlier in the season. Vekic has form, venue and a recent head-to-head victory in her favor so I see her being victorious and securing a spot in the semifinals.